By Frank Trejo
From childhood poverty in South Texas through the Battle of the Bulge, one of World War II's bloodiest conflicts, Juan Mejia proved he was a survivor.
Mejia's wartime experiences included being listed as missing-in-action for a time, but he said it never occurred to him that he might die.
"The closest I got was when a piece of shrapnel fell on me here on my coat," he said. "I just did this, brushed it off."